I came up with a story idea where the MC becomes a Werewolf, and takes his dog as his mate and turns her I into a Weredogwolf. I thought of this last night as I was trying to sleep and befor I took my sleeping pill (as needed) and wondered what you all think of the idea?
Well in Terry Pratchett's Diskworld books Carrot Ironfoundersson vies for the affections of Captain Angua (a werewolf), with an actual wolf named...can't remember. Anyway the idea is that she has a suitor from both sides of her heritage.
I think the potential is there, but it will have to be very carefully presented to avoid the appearance of...man loves dog. Maybe if you show the dog is sentient too, and can communicate and emotionally bond with him as a werewolf.
Her becoming a werewolf could increase her intellegence, making her on the level of a blond... Make it where there were some things he used to do to her that really ticked her off. Now she has the opportunity to complain about it, to hold it against him. Of course, since she was his dog, he has his master attitude still in place. He is dependant on her as she knows what it is like to be a dog, and has to help him survive. She depends on him because he is aware and intellegent enough to handle the changes and think through how to handle them. He also is teaching her how to be a more intellegent creature. The love part of that story is where they get over their problems with each other and their new status to really come to like each other, to see each other as an equal.
Now if when they come out of their wereform, he becomes a human and she becomes a dog, that would also add to the problems with them. She might not be as loyal a dog since she now has seen him as a near equal.
Just throwing stuff on the wall to see what sticks.
The other suggestion about changes in attitudes, etc due to an increase in intelligence, is a great idea. Think of it as a love story that changes from unconditional love (dog to master) to questioning love (woman to man).
I must be dumb; I thought a werewolf dog was a dog that turned into a wolf (bigger, monster version, of course) each full moon. So the dog got simply became bigger and more voracious.
So it's not really a were-wolf dog...it's a dog were-man.
How do you turn a dog into a were-woman? The same bite that passes on wolfishness to a human passes on humanness to a dog? Does that mean every full moon he becomes a wolf and she turns into a lady? Man, they are going be frustrated...
... when I hear "weredogwolf," the only thing I can think of is manbearpig. You might want to come up with another name, lest those of a like mind as me not be able to shake the idea that she is hunted by Al Gore, and is half were, half dog, half wolf.
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Incidentally, I am in no way saying that the story idea is a bad one. But you really should call that particular creature something other than weredogwolf, or you may be buried under a sea of painfully over-repeated internet memes. I'll resist the urge to RickRoll in this forum. Duke sucks.
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As for how the man becomes a Werewolf, I was going to put it in reality. It is completely voluntary and only works that way so no one can turn you against your will. So the dog would have to have some type of intelligence before she becomes a Weredogwolf.
As for the Full Moon thing that’s just a myth, Werewolves change at will (unless they have had their powers revoked like me, damn the high council). The Full Moon is Holy to Werewolves for it is the physical embodiment of the Goddess, and she is blessing us.
I was envisioning the dog to look like a Werewolf when she changes and like her self when she is not in form. I was thinking German Shepherd Dog, from Captain Max von Stephanitz’s kennels or Golden Retriever from to Lord Tweedmouth’s kennels. Eather way she would be one hot Female Werewolf, (I would know for I am one myself but I am married and have been for 3000 years.)
Maybe it can take place somewhere in close in the feature were genetic engineers have figured out how to give non human animals intelligence so that can fix a few problems there. but still makes new ones.
I like the idea of having them have to depend on each other to cope and then form a closer relationship from that.
As for Manbearpig I thought I watched to much South Park. And I am being supper cereal.
And as much as I hate to admit it Chuck Norris will win. Remember he is god, if he could fight him self he would win. PERIOD.
Micmcd I don’t understand your last post there you lost me at “or you may be buried under a sea of painfully over-repeated internet memes”
What I wonder is since a dog is just a domesticated wolf, and a human is a domesticated monkey (give or take a few genes) would she be more civilized than the guy?
It would make sense for a werewolf to learn dog, and for him to know animal common. So if they can communicate that would reduce the ick factor. Just so long as as there isn't a man-dog scene this should work. You have an opportunity for an interesting relationship here.
Zero - Actually, I went to NCSU, so I wholeheartedly agree with "Duke sucks," but in the context of that post I was referring to the Fark meme.
CABaize - I'm a farker, but not a TFer (yet)... I still can't wrap my head around the concept of paying for stuff on the internets.
RFWII -- My only point with regards to the WereDogWolfManBearPigSnakeSharkEagleRaptor is that it seemed to jar my memory over to various memes that get repeated ad nauseum in certain circles and would put me out of the mindset in which I could take a story seriously. It's usually tough to do that sort of thing by accident, but if you're looking for a good list that doesn't require you to actually understand them, you could do worse than wikipedia's list. I think the problem is exacerbated by the fact that the creature name sounds kind of like a bunch of little words stuck together (because it is), and while that's common in German (so you could just call it a "Werhundwolf" (thanks, google translate... sadly werewolf -> Werwolf, but dog -> Hund), it doesn't sound right in English unless you are going for tech-speak. It kind of bleeds over to programmers b/c so much of what we see involves CamelCaseVariableNames, which leads to RealTime interpretation of TLAs and abominations like leetspeak/13375p34k.
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Ok the problem I am having in this story is how the MC is going to become a Werewolf.
See the MC is well educated, he has a PHD in Physics, Chemistry, and Genetic Engineering. It’s the year 2090 and lots of things are possible due to technology, like his dog a Golden Retriever a show dog named Ch Lady Yellow Moon Night Flight, who has been genetically modified to have intelligence like humans and able to talk similar to a human.
I just cant figure out how he becomes a Werewolf. See if I do it how I became a Werewolf it would be voluntary, where he can become one when ever he wishes. (the only real way to become one) or should I go Hollywood and make it involuntary and do the fool moon thing.
What's the main conflict of your novel? I mean, is he going to have to become a werewolf in order to solve this conflict (in which case it would be voluntary) or is being a werewolf part of the conflict (in which case it would be involuntary, regardless of whether or not you use fool moons, etc., etc.)
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